Jennifer Suzara-Cheng is a Filipino American educator who is passionate about teaching Biology and Environmental Science. She has taught in three countries that started at her alma mater Ateneo de Naga University in the Philippines, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and presently here in Los Angeles Unified School District, California. She holds a Graduate Certification on Project Based Learning from University of Pennsylvania. She was a three-time awardee of Project Green Schools (2015, 2016, 2019) for her environmental advocacy in education that highlighted PBL. She has also received awards for her leadership from California Safe Schools (2014) and Green California (2018). At the same time, she was also a recipient of Excellence in Filipino American Journalism in 2016 from Philippine American Press Club, USA.
When she became a grandmother she started her latest endeavor of merging environmental advocacy and early childhood literacy that uses the natural world as a springboard of reading. She started a self-publishing company focusing on children’s books in bilingual Tagalog/English distributed globally. However, in response to requests of patrons, English Editions of her books were published that will open more opportunities for translation to different languages. She hopes that by introducing children to the natural world will lead to a more in depth connection and love for the environment. Thus she plans to continue writing children’s books that are aligned with values that promotes awareness of environmentalism, and seeks its preservation and protection.
This is the link that leads to her website https://www.filam-ecograndma.com/post/children-nature-book-series-english-only-editions-released-for-christmas. She is donating some proceeds of her English Edition book sales to Project Green Schools, Boston, MA. While the Bilingual Tagalog/English books proceeds will go to Emelina G. Regis Sanctuary of Native Trees through SULOG and Irukan Foundations in Naga City, Philippines.